Scottish Star
Between them Edinburgh and Glasgow have seven Synagogues. Today the vast majority of Jewish Scots can trace their ancestry to 19th century Poland. The pogroms that decimated many of the Jewish villages of Poland and Russia at the end of the 19th century coincided with the industrial boom of Scotland and, just as hundreds ofRead More
This depiction of St. Andrew is inspired by the depictions of St. Andrew on military badges of the early 19th century.
November 30th –St. Andrew’s Day In life Andrew never visited Scotland, but his cross today is the basis for the Scottish flag. And as the patron St. of Scotland Andrew is particularly beloved by Scottish military men and women. In Scotland St. Andrew has been closely associated with military engagements since the early 9th century.Read More
Roman Germanium Ring
“ Oktoberfest ” Minnesota Renaissance Festival 2017 Weekend #7 September 30th & October 1st… Love Beer? Dachshunds? Fall Fun? For the last weekend of the Renaissance we will be having a Renaissance style Oktoberfest! Check out the home-brew competition… meet the brewers… Wear your lederhosen… Dance & make merry… Own a dachshund? Pre-register your DachshundRead More
Festival Friday! Minnesota Renaissance Festival 2017 September 29th… All stages open… All booths open… Special ticket deals! We know we aren’t the only people who work weekends so every year the Festival has a bonus Friday for everyone who can’t make it out on a Saturday or Sunday. As usual there will be fantastic ticketRead More
Kildare --An inland county, just west of Dublin, Kildare is woven through with some of Ireland’s most important rivers --including the Barrow, the Boyne and the Liffey. Once a part of the Kingdom of Leinster, Kildare already had an ancient history --stretching back to at least the Bronze Age-- when St. Brigid founded a religious community there sometime in the early sixth century. Later in the ninth century Kildare’s rivers made it easy for Viking raiders --moving inland from Dublin-- to establish an area of settlement known as the Dyflinkarskiri. However, famous as Kildare is for its fish it is even more famous for its horses and, in recent centuries, its horse races. (In the early 20th century Kildare was also the site of one of Ireland’s first motor races.)
“ Shamrocks & Shenanigans ” Minnesota Renaissance Festival 2017 Weekend #6 September 23rd & 24th… Love Ireland? Love Irish dance? Well… we love Ireland too and this weekend at the Minnesota Renaissance Festival is devoted to all things Irish. For more information about the Shamrocks & Shenanigans events at the Minnesota Renaissance Festival –including aRead More
Sign Language Sat. + “Pets & Pirates” Minnesota Renaissance Festival 2017 Weekend #5 September 16th & 17th… On Sat. September 16th there will be sign-language interpreters at all stages and help booths throughout the day. This is also our traditional “Pirate” & “Pet Costume” week… So if Fido loves to play dress up this isRead More
“ Wine, Chocolate & Romance ” Minnesota Renaissance Festival 2017 Weekend #4 September 9th & 10th… Love chocolate? Love wine? Want a day out with the one you love? Or looking for love? This is your weekend.  For the fourth weekend of the 2017 Minnesota Renaissance Festival the theme of the faire will be love,Read More
Anyone who loves tartan today owes a (fashion) debt to Queen Vicotoria, her uncle, George the IV, and the Sobieski-Stuart brothers. (The Sobieski-Stuart brothers, a determined pair of Stuart pretenders to the throne who were beloved by the fashionable set in Scotland in the early decades of the 19th century, in a very real way re-invented (or simply invented) Clan Tartans in the 1820s, '30s and '40s. They wrote --from quasi whole-cloth-- the definitive book on Clan Tartans and were widely consulted in their day as experts by anyone looking for an "official" Clan Tartan.
“Christmas in September…” Minnesota Renaissance Festival 2017 Weekend #3 September 2, 3 & 4th… Longing for sugar cookies? Want to get a head start on your shopping? There will be special shopping opportunities and ticket deals for Labor Day Sept. 4th… (Feel free to make your reservations online or at the box office to getRead More
“Once Upon A Time” Minnesota Renaissance Festival 2017 Weekend #2 August 26th – 27th 2017 Love Fantasy? Fairytales? Masks? Knights? Dragons? Steampunk? All the best stories begin with “once upon a time…” For the second weekend of the 2017 Minnesota Renaissance Festival we are encouraging everyone to create their own stories and their own costumes.Read More
A desire for a more "modern" look that nevertheless incorporated "traditional" motifs was a hallmark of the Arts and Crafts movement in Scotland. Suddenly, the Thistle in the machine age could be a modern symbol of a modern Scotland. Not merely a symbol of a Scotland that had become an aging Queen's escape.
HIGHLAND FLING! Minnesota Renaissance Festival 2017 Weekend #1 August 19th – 20th 2017 Love Scotland? Love Scottish Athletics? Dancing? Kilts? The skirl of the Pipes? The Renaissance? Once again the Scottish Games will be retuning to the Minnesota Renaissance Festival. On Sat. August 19th the 11th Annual World Amateur Highland Heavy Games Championships will be heldRead More